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MD Magazine | Aug 12, 2015

Tramadol is more likely to cause seizures in patients who have had a history of head injury or seizures. Why, then, is tramadol still one of the most commonly used drugs in the management of patients with "ªTBI"¬? That’s a question asked by a retrospective observational study in the Journal of Anaesthesiology Clinical Pharmacology. It evaluated the clinical needs of continuing to use tramadol for patients with TBI versus complications of tramadol use among intubated patients with TBI.

ABC News (AU) | Aug 12, 2015

Rebecca Sciroli lives with the torment of an acquired brain injury. But it did not happen on the sporting field or in a car accident; it happened in her own home. Her attacker was her stepfather. Brain Injury Australia executive officer Nick Rushworth, a leading advocate for victims of brain injury, says three women are hospitalized each week with brain injuries caused by family violence.

The Frederick News-Post | Aug 12, 2015

Army Col. Dallas Hack's efforts to establish “unprecedented” partnerships among the government, universities, NCAA and NFL have contributed greatly to the field, says Dr. Crystal Hill-Pryor, who worked with Hack under the Combat Casualty Care Research Program. “His dedication and service to [traumatic brain injury] has led to the advancement in the field of research and will improve the lives of many living with [traumatic brain injury].”

NPR | Aug 10, 2015

Scientific studies have shown that the kind of repeated hits NFL players take is linked to degenerative brain disease leading some players to rethink their careers. Parents are also weighing the risks. So when someone like Mike Ditka talks, they listen. When host Bryant Gumbel asked Ditka on HBO's Real Sports earlier this year whether, if he had an 8-year-old now, he would want him to play football. "No," he answered. "That's sad. I wouldn't, and my whole life was football. I think the risk is worse than the reward." | Aug 10, 2015

The American Legion is conducting a new national survey of veterans and their families to assess the care they are receiving from the Veterans Affairs Department for traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. The survey is the Legion's second dealing with TBI and PTSD. Last June its survey of 3,100 veterans found that 59 percent of respondents reported feeling no improvement or feeling worse after undergoing TBI and PTSD treatment. It also found that 30 percent of respondents ended their treatment before it was completed.

University of East Anglia | Aug 10, 2015

Drugs used to treat common complaints could delay the recovery of brain injury patients according to research led by University of East Anglia (UEA) scientists working with other UK universities including Aston and the NHS, published today in Brain Injury.

The Pantagraph | Aug 10, 2015

Dr. Edward Pegg, a neurologist who has treated thousands of concussions during his more than 25 years of practice in Bloomington-Normal has a message for people who participate in contact sports, including football: Don't fear concussion. Be aware.

CBS Sports | Aug 10, 2015

During the 2015 season, NFL concussion spotters will hold more power than ever. The NFL has tweaked its rules regarding concussions and, now, concussion spotters who are not on the sidelines but are watching from the press box will be able to stop the game when they spot a player showing concussion-like symptoms.

KARE 11 News | Aug 7, 2015

Letters are going out to hundreds of Minneapolis area veterans informing them they are entitled to new examinations. Those exams ultimately could give some veterans benefits which had been improperly denied.

Medpage Today | Aug 7, 2015

Military personnel who reported three or more traumatic brain injuries showed high total tau protein concentrations in plasma, in some cases long after the injuries had occurred, an observational study indicated. These findings suggest that accumulations of the plasma biomarker, tau, may contribute to chronic neurological symptoms following TBI.

The News& Observer | Aug 7, 2015

Kevin Guskiewicz has researched, treated and worked with injured and concussed athletes at all levels, from high schools to the NFL. He is also well-versed in the stories and increased anxiety concerning chronic traumatic encephalopathy. While it may come as a surprise given his line of work, his three sons all have played football.

Deseret News | Aug 7, 2015

he Brain Injury Alliance of Utah has been awarded a grant by the Interagency Outreach Initiative. The initiative is a collaboration between the Centers for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University Center, along with state disabilities service agencies and private organizations that focus on helping improve the lives of people with disabilities.

NationSwell | Aug 7, 2015

At the Go Baby Go coffee stand, the aroma of freshly ground espresso beans hovers in the air as employees hand out single and double scoops of vanilla, butter pecan and black raspberry ice cream. The only thing setting it apart from java bars at other college campuses? Its harness system, which enables adults with brain injuries to get vocational rehabilitation.

Today | Aug 7, 2015

A mother describes what it's been like caring for her adult son after a 2012 accident left him with a brain injury.

Medical Xpress | Aug 7, 2015

Trauma may cause distinct and long-lasting effects even in people who do not develop "ª‎PTSD"¬, according to research by scientists working at the University of Oxford's Department of Psychiatry. It is already known that stress affects brain function and may lead to PTSD, but until now the underlying brain networks have proven elusive.

The Telegraph | Aug 4, 2015

As an app released this week claims to improve the memory of patients with schizophrenia, The Telegraph has taken a look at the best apps for training your brain.

ABC News (AU) | Aug 4, 2015

Newcastle researchers are playing a role in a large scale brain study looking at the impact of blast exposure on Australian and American soldiers. Program Director and former Newcastle academic Professor Carolyn Mountford said the project is focusing on blast injuries and post traumatic stress disorder.

NIH News | Aug 3, 2015

NIH study shows protein found at higher levels in military members who have suffered multiple TBIs. The protein previously linked to acute symptoms following a traumatic brain injury (TBI), may also be responsible for long-term complications that can result from TBI, according to research from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), a component of the National Institutes of Health.

Reuters Health | Aug 3, 2015

Kids with traumatic brain injury have more lapses in attention and longer reaction times than children who suffer trauma to other parts of the body, researchers report. This study is the first to show not just lapses of attention in children with TBI but also that these lapses are related to intelligence and attention problems.

DoD Live | Aug 3, 2015

The US Department of Defense may soon start using smartphone-based diagnosis tools to detect traumatic brain injuries in soldiers on the battlefield. According to this post on the “Armed with Science” blog, the DoD is working with Bethesda, Maryland-based Brainscope to put its FDA-cleared Ahead 200 device into action.

TSN | Aug 3, 2015

The NHL has argued interested players could have read medical research and news reports on their own and put “two and two together” about the dangers of repeated head hits and concussions. In an order released late Friday, U.S. Federal Court judge Susan Nelson agreed to some but not all of the requests for discovery filed by the former NHL players’ lawyers.

ABC News | Jul 31, 2015

Kennedy is a camper at Camp To Be Independent or “Camp TBI,” a week-long program for kids with traumatic brain injuries, including cerebral palsy. It’s a life-changing week for Kennedy, who has known for most of her life that she’s different. While at Camp TBI, she is surrounded by others who know exactly how lonely that can feel.

Sports Illustrated | Jul 31, 2015

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will give a legal deposition Friday morning in a class-action concussion lawsuit against the league, reports’s Katie Strang. Judge Susan Nelson ruled in May that Bettman possessed “unique or special knowledge relevant” to the lawsuit and that the plaintiffs will have an opportunity to first depose other witnesses. According to the report, Bettman is set to give his testimony at 10 a.m. ET in front of Nelson in New York City.

Science Daily | Jul 31, 2015

A new blood test could help emergency room doctors quickly diagnose traumatic brain injury and determine its severity. The findings, published July 10 in the Journal of Neurotrauma, could help identify patients who might benefit from extra therapy or experimental treatments.

San Jose Mercury News | Jul 27, 2015

New research suggests brain injury may be a hidden reason why many of the chronically homeless keep returning to the streets despite programs to help them find housing and kick their addictions.